Sunday, September 28, 2008

Day 26, Sat, Sept 27, Bangor, Maine

We arrived in Bangor, Maine on Friday afternoon, hoping to find suitable, affordable accomodations for the weekend. The weather reports said the storms in the Atlantic would bring heavy rain across Maine and the other New England States. We wanted to rest ourselves and attend church here in the place where I had served as the Supervising Elder of the Northern Maine District so many years ago.

We visited several hotels in the area and found the rates excessive, much as we had in North Conway, NH the previous day. We finally bedded down at a Days Inn just off Interstate 95. They were one of the very few hotels that would honor their add in the hotel savings coupon book we obtain from Denny's Restaurants as we travel. What we didn't realize until after we had signed in and gotten our things brought in from the car is that this hotel is within a stone's throw of one of the runways at Bangor's international airport. That first commerical airliner that came roaring overhead was quite the experience! They must be using other runways most of the time because these thundering take-offs and landings have only happened about three times.

This is the LDS chapel where we will be attending Sunday morning with the members of the Brewer Ward. It is located about 5 miles from our hotel. The Church Web site shows there are two wards in the Bangor area and two smaller Branch's nearby as well. When I served here in 1960-62 we had only one small branch of the Church in Bangor and no Wards or Stakes anywhere in New England at all until the organization of the Boston Stake in early 1962.

The rainy conditions have kept us in. Except for a run to the store and a pizza place for the some takeout we have been tucked in to our hotel room.